Jazz & Musicianship Workshops in January

Jazz & Musicianship Workshops in January
Jazz & Musicianship Workshops in January
Bass, piano, drums, saxophone, flute, improvisation, rhythm section and ensemble workshops, master classes, play along, coaching & private lessons
January 17, 18, 19 and morning of the 20th at the Old Fire Hall and two private studios
This series is brought to you by Jazz Yukon, the Yukon Arts Centre and MusicYukon with financial support of the Cultural Industries Training Fund.
Featuring these clinicians from Toronto (longer bios illustrating their stellar performer, education and teaching credentials at bottom):
— Morgan Childs/drums, leader of the New Morgan Childs Quartet, instructor at various universities and colleges including the innovative Phil Dwyer Academy of Music and Culinary Arts
— Kelly Jefferson/sax and flute, jazz faculty atYork Universityin Toronto (saxophone, improvisation, jazz theory and ensembles). Previous teaching positions atHumber College andMcGill University
— David Restivo/piano, jazz faculty at the University of Toronto and Humber College in Toronto. Previous full-time jazz piano faculty at the University of Toronto, the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg), and St. Francis Xavier University. Jazz faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts
— Jon Maharaj/bass, jazz faculty Humber College in Toronto (private bass lessons, theory and musicianship)
First 24 people to sign up get a chance to save $10 off Adult Ticket price for Jazz on the Wing at the Yukon Arts Centre with the New Morgan Childs Quartet (January 20).
If you are interested, respond by email. The sooner the better! If wishing to register for more than one opportunity, please provide your order of preference. Space is limited! If you not sure about whether the timing will work for you, still get in touch to flag your interest as schedules may change. If you have financial challenges limiting your ability to participate, get in touch to discuss. And if questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Separate Workshops on Bass, Piano, Drums, Sax/Flute, $75
Up to 8-10 participants in each workshop, 2 hour blocks x 3 days
3:30 – 5:30 pm, January 17, 18, 19 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Advanced Master Classes – Bass, Piano, Drums, or Sax/Flute, $125
Up to 5 participants in master classes, 2 hour blocks x 2 days
Noon – 2:00 pm, January 18, 19 (Friday, Saturday)
Ensemble Coaching with selected Clinician(s), $125
For established groups, 2 hour blocks on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Monday morning; may request more than one session to work with additional clinicians.
Options 9:00 – 11:00 am, January 18, 19 (Friday, Saturday) and 7:00 – 9:00 pm, January 17, 19 (Thursday, Saturday). Other options may develop.
Scheduling to be determined based on take-up in other sessions and clinician availability.
Strategies for Improvising Workshop: Presentation, Demonstration, Discussion with Panel of Visiting Clinicians, $40
10-12 participants, 2 hour block
Options 9:00 – 11:00 am, January 18, 19 (Friday, Saturday) and 7:00 – 9:00 pm, January 17, 19 (Thursday, Saturday)
Work with the Band Session(s), Solo or Semi/Private, $100 or $200
Availability may be limited. 1 or 2 hour sessions.
An opportunity for a vocalist(s) or instrumentalist(s) who would like to test out or work on arrangements for tune(s) with the clinicians or experience the opportunity of performing and improvising with this Quartet.
Options 9:00 – 11:00 am, January 18, 19 (Friday, Saturday) and 7:00 – 9:00 pm, January 17, 19 (Thursday, Saturday). Other options may develop.
Scheduling options to be determined based on take-up in other sessions and clinician availability.
Rhythm Section Workout, $100
5- 6 participants, 2 hour block
Options 9:00 – 11:00 am, January 18, 19 (Friday, Saturday) and 7:00 – 9:00 pm, January 17, 19 (Thursday, Saturday). Other options may develop.
Scheduling to be determined based on take-up in other sessions and clinician availability.
Private Lessons – Any instrument, any clinician, any topic, $60
50 minute sessions on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Monday.
Pursue your personal learning agenda with the clinician you’d like to work with. All four are very versatile and experienced. Read their bios (below)!
Scheduling to be determined based on take-up in other sessions and clinician availability. Availability may be limited.
Auditing, $15/each individual session
Depending on registration, there may be opportunities to attend, listen and learn (but not play) at most of the sessions, except lessons. A relaxed but informative way to check out jazz.
Please note that due to scheduling and logistical challenges operating out of 3 venues, it is possible that it will not be possible to accommodate everyone, although we’ll do our best!
Bios:Morgan Childs, drumsMorgan Childs is a 30-year-old drummer living in Toronto, Ontario. Originally hailing from Invermere, BC, in that province’s mountainous East Kootenay region, Morgan spent 10 years on the Vancouver music scene before making the move to Toronto in the fall of 2009. During that time, Morgan has built an international career as a performer and educator with some of the world’s finest musicians. Morgan is highly regarded for his deep swing feel, sensitivity, versatility and musicality, as well as his reverence for jazz history and wide-ranging musical vocabulary. Showing enviable versatility, Morgan is also a noted composer and bandleader. His groups have been featured on CBC radio shows Hot Air, Tonic, and JazzBeat.Morgan has been the recipient of the Fraser McPherson Memorial Scholarship, three CBC Galaxie Rising Star awards at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (2006, 2007, 2008), the 2009 General Motors Grand Prix du Jazz at the Montréal Jazz Festival (with The Amanda Tosoff Quartet), and a 2010 TD Fellowship in Jazz from the Banff Centre and the 2012 Grand Prix du Jazz at the Montréal Jazz Festival (with Robi Botos Trio).

Morgan earned a degree in jazz performance from Capilano University in North Vancouver, and received a scholarship to attend the world renowned Banff Centre International Jazz Workshop in 2002 and 2003. Morgan has performed across North America as a leader and a sideman at major festivals, universities, clubs and concert venues. Some of the artists Childs has performed or recorded with include Ingrid Jensen, Rob Scheps, Mike Murley, Brad Turner, Bill Coon, Mike Allen, Phil Dwyer, Laila Biali, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Brandi Disterheft, David Braid, Hugh Fraser, Robi Botos, Zach Brock, Chris Gale, Kelly Jefferson, and Don Thompson.

As an educator, Morgan has been a clinician at Capilano University, Vancouver Island University, Humber College, the University of Lethbridge, Red Deer College, the University of Victoria, and the Edmonton Creative Workshop in Jazz (at the 2012 Edmonton Jazz Festival).

In 2010, Morgan was invited to be an instructor and artist-in-residence at the innovative Phil Dwyer Academy of Music and Culinary Arts summer program, alongside faculty Christine Jensen, Ted Quinlan, Don Thompson, Phil Dwyer, Amanda Tosoff, Evan Arntzen and Sean Cronin.

In 2008, Morgan released his debut recording as a leader, “Time” on the CellarLive record label. He has appeared on over 20 CDs as a sideman, as well as on soundtracks for television and film.

Kelly Jefferson, saxophone/flute

Toronto-based saxophonist, composer and educator Kelly Jefferson has a Bachelor of Music from McGill University in Montreal and a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
Kelly has performed with the The National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, Ray Anderson, Kenny Werner, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Al Jarreau, Michel LeGrand, Nicholas Payton, Brian Blade, as well as Ray Brown, Sonny Fortune, Randy Brecker,Renee Rosnes, Johnny Mathis, Russell Malone, Joey DeFrancesco, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, among others.
Kelly has toured extensively in Canada, the United States, Japan, Thailand, Europe, South Korea and China, including a nine-month tour in 2000 as the tenor saxophonist with legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson.
The Kelly Jefferson Quartet release Next Exit, was nominated for a 2011 Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. Kelly was also a five-time nominee for Saxophonist of the Year by the National Jazz Awards.
Along with trombonist/composer Kelsley Grant, Kelly co-leads the Jefferson-Grant Quintet, winners of the Opus Award for Jazz Album of the Year for their 1999 debut release “JGQ “. Their second disc entitled “As One” was released in June of 2002. The band has performed across Canada and was a nominee at the 2003 National Jazz Awards for Acoustic Group of the Year.
Kelly is presently a full-time member of the jazz program faculty at York University in Toronto (saxophone, improvisation, jazz theory and ensembles), with previous teaching positions at Humber College in Toronto and McGill University in Montreal.
Jefferson has also adjudicated at music festivals across Canada and has given numerous workshops throughout Canada, the United States and China.
An active freelance musician, Kelly performs regularly with groups that include the William Carn Quintet,Manteca, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Time Warp, the Artie Roth Quintet, the Shuffle Demons, Mark McLean’s Playground, the Chris Tarry Group (2008 Juno Award Winner, Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year), Denzal Sinclaire and Barry Romberg’s Random Access.
 Jon Maharaj, acoustic bass
30-year-old Toronto bassist Jon Maharaj, a native of Mississauga Ontario, is one of Canada’s leading bassist sidemen, and a noted composer and instructor. A graduate of the University of Toronto Jazz Performance Program in 2003, where he had the opportunity to perform at masterclasses alongside top international musicians such as John Abercrombie, Ben Monder, and Jim McNeely, Jon has earned a reputation as a bassist of enviable technique, musicality and versatility, both inside and outside the jazz world.
Jon performs regularly in Toronto and across Canada with Reg Schwager, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Mark Masri, Sophie Millman, Denzal Sinclaire, The Canadian Tenors, Michael Occhipinti, Kellylee Evans, and many others.
Jon appeared on the platinum-selling album “The Perfect Gift” by the Canadian Tenors, and has toured Canada extensively, with performances at all major Canadian jazz festivals. Jon has been featured on CBC Radio 1 including live recordings for Canada Live! with Kellylee Evans.
Jon has also worked extensively in the world of musical theatre, playing in the pit band for the Toronto productions of Forever Plaid, A Chorus Line, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Jersey Boys and Rock of Ages.
In 2007, Jon was awarded a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study in New York City for eight months. During that period, he apprenticed with some of the greatest bassists in the world including Ben Street, Drew Gress, Scott Colley and Matt Brewer.
Jon teaches private bass lessons, theory and musicianship on faculty at the renowned Humber College music school. He has been a clinician at festivals, colleges and universities across Canada.
David Restivo, piano
Restivo is one of Canada’s most respected and influential jazz artists, well-known for his work with Rob McConnell’s The Boss Brass and Tentet, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan.Pianist David Restivo, was born in New York state and grew up between New York, Connecticut and Toronto, where he now makes his home. Since the early 90s, when he emerged on the jazz scene as a prodigy pianist from the Humber College school of music, Restivo has produced some of the most compelling piano work in the history of Canadian jazz, and has gained international acclaim as a pianist, composer, and collaborater with some of North America’s leading musicians.David held the piano chair in the legendary Boss Brass Orchestra and Boss Brass Ten ensembles led by Rob McConnell for nearly twenty years, playing alongside such legendary figures of Canadian jazz as Terry Clarke, Don Thompson, Reg Schwager, Mike Murley, Steve Wallace and Guido Basso.

Restivo has appeared at every major Canadian jazz festival, as well as giving performances across the United States, Europe, Middle East and South America. Some of the artists Restivo has performed with include Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mel Torme, Pat LaBarbera, Ingrid Jensen, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Alex Acuna, Phil Dwyer, Jeff Hamilton, legendary songwriter Marc Jordan and many others.
Restivo is on the jazz faculty at the University of Toronto and the renowned Humber School of Music at Humber College in Toronto. He has previously been full-time jazz piano faculty at the University of Toronto, the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg), and St. Francis Xavier University (Antigonish NS).
Restivo has served as faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and as a clinician around the world at colleges, universities and summer music programs.
He has also performed and recorded with Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mel Torme, Pat LaBarbera, Ingrid Jensen, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, George Garzone, Howard Johnson, Christine Jensen, Kevin Mahogany, Randy Bachman, David Clayton-Thomas, Molly Johnson, Moe Koffman, Joe LaBarbera, Mark Whitfield, Marcus Belgrave, Joey Baron, Curtis Fuller, Stacy Rowles, Jane Bunnett, Jeff Healey, Phil Dwyer, Tim Hagans, Steve Kirby, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Acuna, Gene Bertoncini, Phillip Harper, Don Thompson, Ed Bickert, Guido Basso, P.J. Perry, Trudy Desmond, Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Dave Pietro, Owen Howard, John Hollenbeck, Ratzo Harris, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Donny McCaslin, Metalwood, Charles McPherson, Dave Young, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Memo Acevedo, Dave Valentin, Luis Conte, and many others.
Restivo received a Juno award in 2001 for his work with the Boss Brass, and has also been awarded the National Jazz Award for pianist of the year three times.
Bass, piano, drums, saxophone, flute, improvisation, rhythm section and ensemble workshops, master classes, play along, coaching & private lessons
January 17, 18, 19 and morning of the 20th at the Old Fire Hall and two private studios
This series is brought to you by Jazz Yukon, the Yukon Arts Centre and MusicYukon with financial support of the Cultural Industries Training Fund.
Featuring these clinicians from Toronto (longer bios illustrating their stellar performer, education and teaching credentials at bottom):
— Morgan Childs/drums, leader of the New Morgan Childs Quartet, instructor at various universities and colleges including the innovative Phil Dwyer Academy of Music and Culinary Arts
 Kelly Jefferson/sax and flute, jazz faculty atYork Universityin Toronto (saxophone, improvisation, jazz theory and ensembles). Previous teaching positions atHumber College andMcGill University
 David Restivo/piano, jazz faculty at the University of Toronto and Humber College in Toronto. Previous full-time jazz piano faculty at the University of Toronto, the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg), and St. Francis Xavier University. Jazz faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts
 Jon Maharaj/bass, jazz faculty Humber College in Toronto (private bass lessons, theory and musicianship)
First 24 people to sign up get a chance to save $10 off Adult Ticket price for Jazz on the Wing at the Yukon Arts Centre with the New Morgan Childs Quartet (January 20).
If you are interested, respond by email. The sooner the better! If wishing to register for more than one opportunity, please provide your order of preference. Space is limited! If you not sure about whether the timing will work for you, still get in touch to flag your interest as schedules may change. If you have financial challenges limiting your ability to participate, get in touch to discuss. And if questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Separate Workshops on Bass, Piano, Drums, Sax/Flute, $75
Up to 8-10 participants in each workshop, 2 hour blocks x 3 days
3:30 – 5:30 pm, January 17, 18, 19 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Advanced Master Classes – Bass, Piano, Drums, or Sax/Flute, $125
Up to 5 participants in master classes, 2 hour blocks x 2 days
Noon – 2:00 pm, January 18, 19 (Friday, Saturday)
Ensemble Coaching with selected Clinician(s), $125
For established groups, 2 hour blocks on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Monday morning; may request more than one session to work with additional clinicians.
Options 9:00 – 11:00 am, January 18, 19 (Friday, Saturday) and 7:00 – 9:00 pm, January 17, 19 (Thursday, Saturday). Other options may develop.
Scheduling to be determined based on take-up in other sessions and clinician availability.
Strategies for Improvising Workshop: Presentation, Demonstration, Discussion with Panel of Visiting Clinicians, $40
10-12 participants, 2 hour block
Options 9:00 – 11:00 am, January 18, 19 (Friday, Saturday) and 7:00 – 9:00 pm, January 17, 19 (Thursday, Saturday)
Work with the Band Session(s), Solo or Semi/Private, $100 or $200
Availability may be limited. 1 or 2 hour sessions.
An opportunity for a vocalist(s) or instrumentalist(s) who would like to test out or work on arrangements for tune(s) with the clinicians or experience the opportunity of performing and improvising with this Quartet.
Options 9:00 – 11:00 am, January 18, 19 (Friday, Saturday) and 7:00 – 9:00 pm, January 17, 19 (Thursday, Saturday). Other options may develop.
Scheduling options to be determined based on take-up in other sessions and clinician availability.
Rhythm Section Workout, $100
5- 6 participants, 2 hour block
Options 9:00 – 11:00 am, January 18, 19 (Friday, Saturday) and 7:00 – 9:00 pm, January 17, 19 (Thursday, Saturday). Other options may develop.
Scheduling to be determined based on take-up in other sessions and clinician availability.
Private Lessons – Any instrument, any clinician, any topic, $60
50 minute sessions on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Monday.
Pursue your personal learning agenda with the clinician you’d like to work with. All four are very versatile and experienced. Read their bios (below)!
Scheduling to be determined based on take-up in other sessions and clinician availability. Availability may be limited.
Auditing, $15/each individual session
Depending on registration, there may be opportunities to attend, listen and learn (but not play) at most of the sessions, except lessons. A relaxed but informative way to check out jazz.
Please note that due to scheduling and logistical challenges operating out of 3 venues, it is possible that it will not be possible to accommodate everyone, although we’ll do our best!
Bios:Morgan Childs, drumsMorgan Childs is a 30-year-old drummer living in Toronto, Ontario. Originally hailing from Invermere, BC, in that province’s mountainous East Kootenay region, Morgan spent 10 years on the Vancouver music scene before making the move to Toronto in the fall of 2009. During that time, Morgan has built an international career as a performer and educator with some of the world’s finest musicians. Morgan is highly regarded for his deep swing feel, sensitivity, versatility and musicality, as well as his reverence for jazz history and wide-ranging musical vocabulary. Showing enviable versatility, Morgan is also a noted composer and bandleader. His groups have been featured on CBC radio shows Hot Air, Tonic, and JazzBeat.Morgan has been the recipient of the Fraser McPherson Memorial Scholarship, three CBC Galaxie Rising Star awards at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (2006, 2007, 2008), the 2009 General Motors Grand Prix du Jazz at the Montréal Jazz Festival (with The Amanda Tosoff Quartet), and a 2010 TD Fellowship in Jazz from the Banff Centre and the 2012 Grand Prix du Jazz at the Montréal Jazz Festival (with Robi Botos Trio).

Morgan earned a degree in jazz performance from Capilano University in North Vancouver, and received a scholarship to attend the world renowned Banff Centre International Jazz Workshop in 2002 and 2003. Morgan has performed across North America as a leader and a sideman at major festivals, universities, clubs and concert venues. Some of the artists Childs has performed or recorded with include Ingrid Jensen, Rob Scheps, Mike Murley, Brad Turner, Bill Coon, Mike Allen, Phil Dwyer, Laila Biali, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Brandi Disterheft, David Braid, Hugh Fraser, Robi Botos, Zach Brock, Chris Gale, Kelly Jefferson, and Don Thompson.

As an educator, Morgan has been a clinician at Capilano University, Vancouver Island University, Humber College, the University of Lethbridge, Red Deer College, the University of Victoria, and the Edmonton Creative Workshop in Jazz (at the 2012 Edmonton Jazz Festival).

In 2010, Morgan was invited to be an instructor and artist-in-residence at the innovative Phil Dwyer Academy of Music and Culinary Arts summer program, alongside faculty Christine Jensen, Ted Quinlan, Don Thompson, Phil Dwyer, Amanda Tosoff, Evan Arntzen and Sean Cronin.

In 2008, Morgan released his debut recording as a leader, “Time” on the CellarLive record label. He has appeared on over 20 CDs as a sideman, as well as on soundtracks for television and film.

Kelly Jefferson, saxophone/flute

Toronto-based saxophonist, composer and educator Kelly Jefferson has a Bachelor of Music from McGill University in Montreal and a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
Kelly has performed with the The National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, Ray Anderson, Kenny Werner, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Al Jarreau, Michel LeGrand, Nicholas Payton, Brian Blade, as well as Ray Brown, Sonny Fortune, Randy Brecker,Renee Rosnes, Johnny Mathis, Russell Malone, Joey DeFrancesco, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, among others.
Kelly has toured extensively in Canada, the United States, Japan, Thailand, Europe, South Korea and China, including a nine-month tour in 2000 as the tenor saxophonist with legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson.
The Kelly Jefferson Quartet release Next Exit, was nominated for a 2011 Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. Kelly was also a five-time nominee for Saxophonist of the Year by the National Jazz Awards.
Along with trombonist/composer Kelsley Grant, Kelly co-leads the Jefferson-Grant Quintet, winners of the Opus Award for Jazz Album of the Year for their 1999 debut release “JGQ “. Their second disc entitled “As One” was released in June of 2002. The band has performed across Canada and was a nominee at the 2003 National Jazz Awards for Acoustic Group of the Year.
Kelly is presently a full-time member of the jazz program faculty at York University in Toronto (saxophone, improvisation, jazz theory and ensembles), with previous teaching positions at Humber College in Toronto and McGill University in Montreal.
Jefferson has also adjudicated at music festivals across Canada and has given numerous workshops throughout Canada, the United States and China.
An active freelance musician, Kelly performs regularly with groups that include the William Carn Quintet,Manteca, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Time Warp, the Artie Roth Quintet, the Shuffle Demons, Mark McLean’s Playground, the Chris Tarry Group (2008 Juno Award Winner, Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year), Denzal Sinclaire and Barry Romberg’s Random Access.
 Jon Maharaj, acoustic bass
30-year-old Toronto bassist Jon Maharaj, a native of Mississauga Ontario, is one of Canada’s leading bassist sidemen, and a noted composer and instructor. A graduate of the University of Toronto Jazz Performance Program in 2003, where he had the opportunity to perform at masterclasses alongside top international musicians such as John Abercrombie, Ben Monder, and Jim McNeely, Jon has earned a reputation as a bassist of enviable technique, musicality and versatility, both inside and outside the jazz world.
Jon performs regularly in Toronto and across Canada with Reg Schwager, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Mark Masri, Sophie Millman, Denzal Sinclaire, The Canadian Tenors, Michael Occhipinti, Kellylee Evans, and many others.
Jon appeared on the platinum-selling album “The Perfect Gift” by the Canadian Tenors, and has toured Canada extensively, with performances at all major Canadian jazz festivals. Jon has been featured on CBC Radio 1 including live recordings for Canada Live! with Kellylee Evans.
Jon has also worked extensively in the world of musical theatre, playing in the pit band for the Toronto productions of Forever Plaid, A Chorus Line, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Jersey Boys and Rock of Ages.
In 2007, Jon was awarded a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study in New York City for eight months. During that period, he apprenticed with some of the greatest bassists in the world including Ben Street, Drew Gress, Scott Colley and Matt Brewer.
Jon teaches private bass lessons, theory and musicianship on faculty at the renowned Humber College music school. He has been a clinician at festivals, colleges and universities across Canada.
David Restivo, piano
Restivo is one of Canada’s most respected and influential jazz artists, well-known for his work with Rob McConnell’s The Boss Brass and Tentet, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan.Pianist David Restivo, was born in New York state and grew up between New York, Connecticut and Toronto, where he now makes his home. Since the early 90s, when he emerged on the jazz scene as a prodigy pianist from the Humber College school of music, Restivo has produced some of the most compelling piano work in the history of Canadian jazz, and has gained international acclaim as a pianist, composer, and collaborater with some of North America’s leading musicians.David held the piano chair in the legendary Boss Brass Orchestra and Boss Brass Ten ensembles led by Rob McConnell for nearly twenty years, playing alongside such legendary figures of Canadian jazz as Terry Clarke, Don Thompson, Reg Schwager, Mike Murley, Steve Wallace and Guido Basso.

Restivo has appeared at every major Canadian jazz festival, as well as giving performances across the United States, Europe, Middle East and South America. Some of the artists Restivo has performed with include Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mel Torme, Pat LaBarbera, Ingrid Jensen, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Alex Acuna, Phil Dwyer, Jeff Hamilton, legendary songwriter Marc Jordan and many others.
Restivo is on the jazz faculty at the University of Toronto and the renowned Humber School of Music at Humber College in Toronto. He has previously been full-time jazz piano faculty at the University of Toronto, the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg), and St. Francis Xavier University (Antigonish NS).
Restivo has served as faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and as a clinician around the world at colleges, universities and summer music programs.
He has also performed and recorded with Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mel Torme, Pat LaBarbera, Ingrid Jensen, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, George Garzone, Howard Johnson, Christine Jensen, Kevin Mahogany, Randy Bachman, David Clayton-Thomas, Molly Johnson, Moe Koffman, Joe LaBarbera, Mark Whitfield, Marcus Belgrave, Joey Baron, Curtis Fuller, Stacy Rowles, Jane Bunnett, Jeff Healey, Phil Dwyer, Tim Hagans, Steve Kirby, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Acuna, Gene Bertoncini, Phillip Harper, Don Thompson, Ed Bickert, Guido Basso, P.J. Perry, Trudy Desmond, Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Dave Pietro, Owen Howard, John Hollenbeck, Ratzo Harris, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Donny McCaslin, Metalwood, Charles McPherson, Dave Young, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Memo Acevedo, Dave Valentin, Luis Conte, and many others.
Restivo received a Juno award in 2001 for his work with the Boss Brass, and has also been awarded the National Jazz Award for pianist of the year three times.